Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Fishing Post, by Samuel

The fish of childhood;  The Bluegill.:)
Here we are over halfway through 2012 and I still have to put a post about last years fishing success.  With part of this summer gone and a whole summer besides that has gone unrecorded I've got some serious work to do.  I decided to put our latest big fishing trip on here as well although it isn't from 2011.  I will probably try to put up another post later on my thirteenth birthday fishing trip which ,the plan is to go camping at Stonewall Jackson Lake.  Mean while, here is the best of the JAS(Jones Angling Society.)
The second biggest bass I've caught; 1 1/2 pounds and thirteen inches long.  Getting there but not quite.
An early morning Cheat lake Green sunfish.

This ugly fella was a huge milestone in my humble angling career.  A wonderful17 inch catfish caught out of a 1 acre pond.  I think it weighed like 1 1/2 -2 pounds.  It was a fighter by nature and gave me quite a tussle for it's size.  (Although I did have a bad reel with the drag set way too light.)
One of a couple of hefty six pound or so bass that were being kept in an aquarium in Pittsburgh with several walleye for company.  Who asked those skinny  recluses to share a tank with hallowed American sport fish?!
This a picture from our most recent full sized fishing trip (To Stonewall Jackson Lake) and it is of a lure owned by Benjamin.  It's called a prop bait and this particular prop bait is called a Heddon tiny torpedo, and it is in a frog pattern(D'you follow me?).  The small propellers at the back of the lure spin in the water and emit noise and vibrations to all hungry bass and other game fish.  
This is Ben with a keeping sized eight inch bluegill that voraciously took a night crawler. That was like a signal for us because up till then we had ignored the spot where he was fishing, when we cast bobbers and night crawlers out there we were pulling in enough bluegill to sink a boat.  The place produced so many fish that we ran through at least four dozen night crawlers and were almost aching from pulling in the feisty sunfish. 
This is from the same spot.  This was Calvin's first fish and it was extraordinary because up til then we had caught mostly bluegills.  This was a large green sunfish that was probably big enough to eat, but we let it go.
Still at that spot and it was still producing large fat bluegills with incredible consistency.  This is dad with a small one.
This was a different area of the lake that was very different from the other.  It produced a large spotted bass as well as this small Largemouth that Will caught off of a night crawler.  Ben was still churning out fair sized pan fish from a spot on the steep bank and sat there for at least a half hour hauling them in before we left.  We have already caught several nice fish as well as new species this year.  For new species we have caught our first Yellow Perch, our first Rock Bass, And our first Smallmouth Bass.  The biggest fish of the  last few months were two huge 10 inch bluegills caught in a catch and release pond and a nice fat 18 1/2 inch catfish caught by me at the same spot.  That one weighed an estimated three pounds.  I also caught another thirteen inch bass on the river that is now in the freezer, with several other deceased victims of our effective angling strategies.  We have already had an outstanding year as far as angling goes and are contemplating fishing in a tournament or two next year.  Hope to write again soon about the JAS.


Jennie and Julie said...

What a great post Sam. I enjoyed hearing a little about the JAS, and look forward to hearing more. You gave us quite a run down on your recent catches and trips, and I must say you've had a lot of success. We'll have to see how you do out West, in our rivers. Thanks for the work posting all the photos and the info. Love, Gram

Kathy Poncy said...

THANK YOU SAMUEL. You represent the JAS very well. I can hardly wait for more posts on your fishing adventures. I think back to all of the years my dad took me fishing and how much I learned and enjoyed. Now, those are some beautiful fish you boys caught. I love seeing "First Fish" documented, nice job. Also glad to see that Dad was successful even though his fish was a bit small :)
Looking forward to reading about your 13th birthday trip.

Again thank you, Kathy